The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
In third grade, I was Peggy, the character in Eleanor Estes’ book, The Hundred Dresses. I don’t remember why, but I was mean to a little girl named Kristen. So much so, that my parents, her parents and the teacher all became involved in trying to resolve the conflict. Still, 30+ years later, I’m troubled by my actions, and why I acted so cruelly. Which is why The Hundred Dresses is such a timeless book – and shows us how the power of words can be used for such good and such harm.
Our third grade mother/daughter book group took the month OFF for the holidays – so my daughter and I read this book together, in lieu of Betsy –Tacy. I hope my daughter uses kind words with her friends in school and doesn’t follow in her mother’s footsteps.
Additionaly, the illustrations by Louis Slobodkin are ghostly and amazing.
I highly recommend reading this book with your school aged children.
Book source: public library
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